Recipe Reviews #63


Recipe found on Southern Cast Iron
My Rating:
3 out of 5

My Review: Boyfriend always has a hard time cooking rice so we decided to try “pastalaya” which is just jambalaya with noodles (instead of rice). The sauce was more tomato-flavored than expected. I didn’t taste any of the traditional spices.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (1-pound) package smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1½ pounds large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon plus ¾ teaspoon Creole seasoning, divided
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) box linguine
  • Garnish: chopped green onion, lemon halves

One-Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Recipe found on Paleo Running Momma
My Rating:
5 out of 5

My Review: Woo-wee, this was yummy! The chicken skin was perfectly crisp and seasoned. The artichoke sauce had a wonderful sourness, there were so many different textures, and it was all so lovely together.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • Sea salt and and pepper to season chicken
  • 1 tsp lemon garlic seasoning or garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (we used Earth Balance Original)
  • 8 oz fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 med onion chopped (or 1 small)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Sea salt and pepper to season veggies
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk full fat, blended prior to adding
  • 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tsp tapioca flour or arrowroot

Classic Chili

Recipe found on The Wholesome Dish
My Rating:
2 out of 5

My Review: Blah, the chili broth was gritty and really tasted like nothing besides cumin and chili powder.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

31 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #63

    1. It was really tasty! I was surprised how much I enjoyed it & that I ate all of the sauce. I usually can only eat a little bit of artichokes at a time. 😛

      But OOH guess what! We are making those taco salads with catalina dressing like you recommended tonight. 😀

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    1. Yeah, we’ve never tried a jambalaya recipe that actually tasted like the restaurants. 😛 But hey! We finally tried Old Bay!! & boyfriend even added it to his shrimp when we were eating them with cocktail sauce. It’s so yummy!

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  1. Crazy enough I have some artichoke hearts I need to use up, so I have got to try that recipe, especially for the hubby. I have all the ingredients except chicken & coconut milk! Now, I need to actually make a note in my notepad so I don’t forget! Your recipe suggestions always look SO tasty. Thanks for sharing!! I always am so inspired by your recipes.

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    1. Ooh if you make the artichoke chicken recipe, let me know how you/DJ likes it. 😀 It was really different & tasty. I am so happy to inspire you!! I feel like I get bored eating the same foods so I’m always looking for unique recipes, y’know?!

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  2. The pastalaya looks sooo good! I would actually try that lol
    Idk about the artichoke… I dont know I would like it much?
    Hmmm..I’ve made some chili before and we liked it but it could always be better

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    1. The pastalaya was alright but it didn’t really taste like any jambalaya I’ve had at a restaurant before! The artichoke sauce was really good, although a bit sour, if you are not into that! I wasn’t a fan of this chili at all but you’re right, it’s a dish that can always be improved!


  3. I wonder if a rice cooker would be a good birthday / christmas / other gift for the boyfriend.

    I have the ingredients for artichoke chicken on my list. Sounds tasty. What I do not have and need to get because this is like the 5th recipe I’ve seen that calls for one is an oven-proof skillet. All of Mom’s have non-stick coating and can’t go in the oven and her cast iron skillet is a small one so it never holds a full recipe. I’ll look at Walmart today but I think they only have non-stick so I may have to splurge and order one online.

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    1. Lol I think he would have trouble with a rice cooker, too. 😉 I didn’t even know that non-sticks weren’t supposed to go in the oven but, we have the Rachel Ray set & I just looked up if they were okay to go in there because we’ve been doing it & it said yes but only up to 400 degrees. Phew!

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      1. Well now I wonder if our Non-sticks can go in the oven!!! I’ll have to Google them later. I think they’re Rival but will need to check. They’re so old I kind of doubt it. I think they make the nonstick coating out of different materials by now.

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